also as im running an ahead stem with an adaptor in a threaded fork at the moment im going to go threadlesswith the new fork, head seat conversion is all sorted what i want to know is, will it be cool to run a shim on a carbon steerer or should i just go alu steerer?
thanks in advance for all the help and the critisisum you guys are going to lay on me for wanting a carbon fork on a rad steel frame
also taking suggestions and help on trying to find other rad 1" carbon forks
Wound Up don’t list carbon steerer forks in 1" any more, I didn’t think you could still get them. (And the steel steerer version isn’t particularly light, an all steel fork wouldn’t be that much heavier and would look better.)
Shim’s are fine.
Reynolds, Easton & Alpha Q and plenty of others made 1 " full carbon forks, not any more.
Q: What is rake and how does it affect handling?
A: Rake is the offset of the fork dropouts from the axis of the steerer tube. Rake should be matched within 2mm of the OEM fork to maintain the same ride characteristics. More rake will result in quicker steering response. Less rake will result in more stability. To find the rake of your OEM fork, check with the Manufacturer of the frame.
Obviously 2mm is a small difference in fork rake, but I think it could be noticeable when all other factors are kept the same. Would be a shame to mess up the handling of your Merckx, especially when they’re known for great handling.